Poetry for Peace Winners Celebration: January 28, 2010

Submitted by Emily Smith on February 1, 2010

On a snowy January night, more than 60 winners of Fairfield University’s “Poetry for Peace” contest were honored at the Kelley Center.

The “Poetry for Peace” contest, now in its second year, invites K-8th grade students from Bridgeport and Fairfield schools to submit poems written on the theme of peace. Winners were chosen from over 700 applicants by a panel of Fairfield University faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students from the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions and the College of Arts & Sciences.

Winning poems were read by students, whose friends and family listened proudly.

The contest is the community outreach component of the “Poetry for Peace” program, initiated by Dr. Nels Pearson, assistant professor in the Department of English, and co-directed this year with Dr. Jerelyn Johnson, assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

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